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April 30, 2008

University of Northern Iowa Mini Sumo Event

Filed under: Robots — Bob @ 6:12 pm

Tomorrow (May 1st) the University of Northern Iowa is hosting their 3rd annual “ship in” mini sumo event where they invite people to mail their robot off for competition against students and others.

I’ve sent them The Thin Man for competition this year, we’ll see how well it works (or doesn’t work). My robot is a tad bit complicated to operate and even though I’ve written very detailed instructions as well as made a small video of the operation, I worry. Rick Brooks (maker of ExSpurt, also competing in the event for the second year in a row) likens the experience to your children: you send them off on their own and hope things go well…

The event will have live video broadcast starting at 9am CET and can be viewed with RealPlayer. Visit this page to download the RealPlayer media file (check the upper right corner of the page). If you miss the live broadcast then be sure to look for the replay.


  1. So, how’d the thin man do?

    Comment by Dave K — May 8, 2008 @ 10:28 am
  2. Second place, lost to ExSpurt created by Rick Brooks. I’m still waiting to see the video from the event to know whether The Thin Man gave him any competition or not.

    Comment by Bob — May 8, 2008 @ 5:56 pm
  3. Hi Bob, I am not sure if you remember me, we met at robothon, we have a little round of microsumo and you knock us out really quickly haha, we were waiting for you at robogames 2008, it was amazing, we build new robots and we take 1,2,3 and 4° place, here is the video http://mx.youtube.com/watch?v=PHGKna7zfsM I hope we can meet again, we have 2 new minisumos and we won a 3kg sumo contest with our minisumos, its a shame that robothon will not be held this year because we wanted to fight against the Thin Man, well I hope you are ok, and you have my e-mail, let’s stay in touch, we have so much to learn from you, you are excellent with the lathe. Bye

    Comment by luis — July 25, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

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